Mika working on follow-up to 'Cartoon Motion'

Says three tracks completed on second album

LONDON -- Mika is making headway with the follow-up album to his mega-hit debut, "Life in Cartoon Motion." The artist caught up with Billboard.com on Thursday during the Ivor Novello awards ceremony, where he won songwriter of the year.

"I'm writing my second album," he said, adding that at least three tracks were already in the bag. "It's all about building those songs after the process of the first album, and they're coming along, which is comforting."

The album, said the U.K.-based, Lebanese-born singer, doesn't yet have a title or a release date. "There's a lot of debate and discussion as to when it will come out though," he said. "Now I'm just focusing on writing the songs."

"Life in Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca/Island) has three IFPI Platinum Europe Certifications, for pan-European shipments in excess of three million units. In Britain, the set is certified four-times platinum (1.2 million copies) after 67 weeks on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, where it is currently at No. 54.

Mika has a host of European dates booked this summer, beginning July 3 at the Rock Werchter in Leuven.